The Kenyan government has announced plans to install fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations at 25-kilometre intervals on all major highways in the country. The ambitious plan is a government move to incentivise consumers to switch to EVs and boost the adoption of electric vehicles in Kenya.
The new guidelines for EV battery charging were unveiled by Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) last month. The guidelines require that at least one charging station should be available in a grid of three kilometres by three kilometres in urban areas, and one charging station shall be set up at every 25 kilometres on both sides of highways/roads.
Based on the plan, the country is set to get 700 EV charging stations in urban areas and 300 located along highways. For long-range EVs such as heavy-duty vehicles like buses and trucks, there will be at least one fast-charging station every 100 kilometres on each side of the highways.
The new EV charging stations will address one of the main concerns that Kenyans have about electric vehicles, which is the range of the vehicles and the availability of charging stations, especially when traveling outside cities. For traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, petrol stations are ubiquitous across the country.
NCBA launches EV charging station at its head office
In September, NCBA bank launched electric vehicle charging stations at its head office in Upper Hill, Nairobi. The charging stations were launched as part of the bank’s broader sustainability drive in line with its ESG framework under the theme “NCBA Change The Story.” The charging stations at NCBA Centre Upper Hill will be available for their customers and staff to use.
This move made NCBA the first bank in the country to launch an EV charging station at its premises. Earlier in the year, NCBA announced a loan facility for Electric Vehicle Purchases in Kenya.
Further, the bank is set to work with partners to deploy electric vehicle charging stations across the East African region. The new electric vehicle charging stations installed at NCBA Centre, Upper Hill, were installed in partnership with EvChaja.
EvChaja has a wide network of charging stations in the country, with charging stations in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nanyuki, Nakuru, and Kisumu.
The Kenyan government’s ambitious plan to install fast-charging EV stations at 25-kilometre intervals on all major highways in the country is a welcome development. The new EV charging stations will address one of the main concerns that Kenyans have about electric vehicles, which is the range of the vehicles and the availability of charging stations, especially when traveling outside cities.
The move by NCBA bank to launch an EV charging station at its head office is also a positive development. It shows that the private sector is also committed to supporting the adoption of electric vehicles in Kenya.
Overall, the developments in the EV charging infrastructure in Kenya are encouraging. The new EV charging stations will make it easier and more convenient for Kenyans to own and drive electric vehicles.